2010
Medical

There are approximately 1.8 million manual wheelchair users in the United States and the population is expected to grow at a rate of 10% annually. Seventy five percent of wheelchair users rely on manual wheelchairs. Prolonged manual wheelchair use is directly linked to repetitive stress injuries and pain in the upper extremity. The effects of muscle overuse becoming evident in the forms of muscle pain, torn rotor cuffs, joint degeneration, and carpal tunnel syndrome. There is a need to minimize these types of injuries while retaining the benefits of the exercise that these devices provide. Studies have found continued prevalence and pain intensity, over time, resulted in a change in lifestyle where user ceased to routinely perform these activities. ...

The basic Idea to design a Shri Yantra Based Patch antenna for stress removal of Brain. The design of Shri Yantra is a very ancient geometry design of India. I got the idea that this yantra has some special frequency radiation associated with it so i decided to build it. i belive that the frequency that this geometry radiates will definitely affect the brain activity. I don't have facilities to prove my idea but it gives least attenuation of -22dB. TO SHOW SHRI YANTRA GEOMETRY CAN BE USED AS AN ANTENNA AND EFFECT OF COSMIC RAYS ON HUMAN ...

A device to replicate the natural DC electrical current that flows in outdoor environments through people and plants. The current replicated comes from atmospheric electricity and forms the return path from lighting discharges in other places on the earth. It is present during periods of clear weather. The value of the these currents is about 1 pico-amp per square meter.

It is quite possible that activities like golf and boating are enjoyed because of the exposure to these natural fields.

The unique characteristic of this device is it's very low currents of approximately 1 pico-amp. One indicator that very low currents are beneficial is the book "The Body Electric" where batteries furnishing fractions of micro-amps were used to assist ...

Diabetes affects more than 20 million Americans (7%) and nearly 250 million persons worldwide in its two primary types (Type I “insulin-dependent”: ~10%; Type II “insulin-resistant”: ~90%), resulting in a huge economic and social burden on society. To date there is no cure for this disease. Complications such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy, periodontis, gingivitis, and cataract formation are common and tend to develop with time. Clinical trials have shown that proper care and management of blood glucose levels are critical in delaying the progression of complications in both types. Therefore, diabetics share a common need of continuously monitoring and subsequently restoring their blood glucose level to the normal glucose range (80–120 mg/dL) by injecting insulin. ...

Smart e-stick is an electronic interface which has been designed for the visually impaired people to make them walk more efficiently by providing the indication and voice message about the presence of any obstacles on their way. The stick also enables the blind man to become independent and also lead their life with less support from others. The design concept of smart e-stick can be considered as an improvement over existing electronic talking stick design of Chi-sheng and electronic white-cane developed by Alibaba Company, Taiwan. We have come up with the idea of Smart stick in order to improve the functionality of a basic walking stick. The smart e-stick can be operated in i). buzzer ii). Vibration iii). Voice ...

Whether you have acute back pain, a sports injury or the most common chronic condition, arthritis, you are almost guaranteed to develop some kind of musculoskeletal condition at some stage of your lives. In the case of the arthritis sufferers, a life-long sentence awaits them relieved only by pain-killers, steroids and infrequent and poorly accessible physiotherapy. Albeit temporary, sports injury and back pain sufferers are similarly incapacitated by pain and reduced mobility affecting work and day to day living. Typically physiotherapists will employ therapeutic ultrasound which has been used since the 1950’s due to its proven efficacy. These are large hand-held devices that require continuous movement for the treatment period, e.g. 20-30 minutes, causing operator fatigue, poor area coverage ...

Combine Google maps, GPS, web advertising and speech synthesizing to create a virtual world for the blind.

As the blind person walks down the side walk of main street USA the computer will describe the suroundings, give any hazards coming up and businesses can announce sales. Add a mike and the person can ask the GSP to guide to a new location. The sight is artificial but the interface is speech.

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Speechless are using sign language to communicate with other people. The problem is that most people do not know sign language. I propose to build a device able to recognize symbols of sign language and convert them to speech.

Device should be composed of three main components:
• Gloves with sensors detecting position and movement of palms and fingers
• Processing unit converting information from glove’s sensors into text, text checker and corrector
• Digital Signal Processing (DSP) unit converting text into speech (speech synthesizer)

Two versions should be considered:
• single glove version – only sign alphabet can be used (only letters)
• dual gloves version – also complex signs can be used and recognized (limited to two ...

Correction of Pediatric and Adult spine deformity is a difficult problem facing physicians worldwide. Currently devices on the market necessitate large expansile incisions and extensive blood loss, creating a high morbidity rate as well as a significant complication rate. This device allows for gradual correction of the most difficult deformity with minimal incision with no blood loss whatsoever. The patient is free to ambulate and participate in activities of daily living to tolerance while wearing this external spine scaffold ( all with minimal discomfort ).
The device can be used for spine trauma for our deployed soldiers. The device is applied in a field hospital under robotic guidance with no delay in treatment during the long transportation necessary ...

The idea to develop a sport that can be played in space comes as an answer to several questions, most related to the differentiation between game/play/sport and exercise, the second is mentioned very often in space related documentary, articles and books.
Then, several benefits are the result of practicing a sport, like: space awareness, good reflex, eye-hand coordination, etc. This is a must for some rehabilitation routines; why not use this to adapt to zero G.
Physical and mental well being is associated with this, some of the social aspects on the mental benefits in practicing a sport are not possibly to study on the conditions of space without a tool like this (is not the same with exercise). ...

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